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Second Cabin Accomodations on Steamships - 1910

The question of the second cabin is an interesting and important one. In 1909 there -were 130,017 first cabin passengers landed at the Port of New York, while there were 167,252 second cabin passengers landed in the same period.

This would tend to indicate that the second cabin was deservedly popular among a large class. It should be remembered, however, that the second cabin is largely used by persons who are emigrating to the United States and who cannot afford to pay for the accommodations in the first cabin.

Writing Room in the Second Cabin of a Steamship

Writing Room in the Second Cabin of a Steamship

There are, however, a considerable number of tourists whose means will not permit of their traveling in the first cabin, and who find the second cabin an excellent substitute.

About the only feeling which can be expressed about the second cabin is that the passenger does not have the run of the ship as do the first cabin passengers, although the quarters which are assigned to them are far from being restricted on modern ships.

The staterooms in the second cabin are irreproachably clean and are equipped with everything needed for comfort; there are electric lights. electric bells, ample facilities for washing, and the stewards are attentive, although the service cannot be expected to be of as high grade as in the first cabin where the fees to the stewards are larger.

It is safe to say that the average accommodations on all of the modern liners are fully as good as the first cabin accommodations of 20 years ago, where the rate paid was from $80.00 to $100.00.

This opinion has been formed only after an examination of the second class accommodations on a number of ships and after consulta-tion with a number of shipping men.

Food in Second Class

The food given to the second cabin passengers is excellent and is far better than can be had in many hotels in the United States. The second cabin catering does not contemplate the supplying of hot-house grapes at $1.25 a pound, artichokes, or similar delicacies, which the average traveler does not get at home very often, but still there is an abundance of meats, poultry, fish, and other food.

The following bill of fare is taken from the menu card of the second cabin of a large liner, and this table is satisfying enough for any one except those who are in the hahit of living on a more expensive scale.


  • Grape Fruit
  • French Plums
  • Apples Cerealine
  • Oatmeal Porridge—Fresh Milk
  • Fried Sole
  • Codfish Cakes
  • Sirloin Steak—Fried Onions
  • Grilled Bacon
  • Calf's Liver—Fines Herbes
  • Fried Eggs
  • Boiled Eggs to order
  • Lyonnaise Potatoes
  • Mustard and Cress
  • Hominy Cakes—Golden Syrup
  • White and Graham Rolls
  • Soda Scones
  • Vienna Bread
  • Jam Marmalade
  • Tea
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa


  • Thick Ox Tail
  • Pickerel--Cornichons
  • Fricassee of Rabbit—Yorkshire
  • Chicken Cutlets—Regence
  • Haunch of Mutton—Soubise
  • Corned Brisket of Beef and Vegetables
  • Boston Squash Rice
  • Boiled Potatoes
  • COLD:—Galantine of Veal
  • Farina Pudding
  • Apple Tart
  • Shrewsbury Cakes
  • Pineapple
  • Peannts
  • French Plums
  • Cheese
  • Crackers
  • Tea
  • Coffee



  • Grilled Yarmouth Bloaters
  • Welsh Rarebits—to order
  • Râgout of Venison
  • Broiled Cambridge Sausage
  • Mashed Potatoes


  • Corned Leg of Pork
  • Ribs of Beef
  • Lettuce Pickles
  • Rhubarb and Custard
  • Sultana Cake
  • Marmalade Preserves
  • Tea
  • Coffee

Ladies Traveling Alone

Ladies traveling alone will find the second cabin a very pleasant place. Music rooms, lounges, etc., are provided for the second cabin passengers. The saving is very material as will be seen by a perusal of the tariff lists of the various companies.

Cabin Class Steamships

On some of the smaller steamers there is only one class of cabin passengers. This is usually referred to as "cabin class." This is to all intents and purposes first cabin accommodations at second cabin rates.

A passage of this kind is preferable to the second cabin, as there is more liberty, passengers having the run of the ship. The second cabin has its own music room, library, smoking room and usually its own barber. Baths are always provided as in the first cabin.

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